2015 in Review: Quotes Part 2

Continuing with quoting stuff

“If you’ve never missed a flight, you’re spending too much time in airports” —Umesh Vazirani

“The reason the President will put the military on alert, but not, say, put banana plantations on alert, is that in his opinion the aliens are more likely to attack than to ask for bananas.” —Scott Alexander on Bayesianism

“Но чем внимательней, твердыня Notre Dame,
Я изучал твои чудовищные ребра,—
Тем чаще думал я: из тяжести недоброй
И я когда-нибудь прекрасное создам…”
—Мандельштам Notre Dame

“This may seem odd, but it’s a fact. It is just those who acquire their wisdom from the greatest philosophers who are most incapable of turning their ideas to good advantage. Evelyn Weston, for instance, was trying to earn a livelihood by translating old French ballads into English. If you consider that at the time of our story England was being rocked to the foundations by a dramatic slump in the demand for translations of old French ballads, you will not be surprised to learn that Miss Weston and her mother lived in great penury…” —Eno Rejto The Blonde Hurricane

“Радости нужен повод:
день ли рожденья, год
свадьбы – гуляй, коль молод.
Горе само найдет.”
—Олег Чухонцев

“It’s in principle super easy and in practice hampered by stupid shit like faulty BNC cables. C’est la vie expérimental.” —Alan comments on his Quantum Zeno Effect experiment

“I don’t even remember why I have a hat in my fridge” —Yimin

“The silence of God is God” —Carolyn Forché

“Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor” —Heman Melville Moby Dick

“Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit – all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.” —Brian Eno A Year with Swollen Appendices

Ted: Positive thinking is fine in theory, but whenever I try it on a systematic basis, I end up really depressed” —Barcelona

“Wretched are we who not only practice the evil that is ours by nature but must also serve as an instrument of evil for those who abuse their power.” —José Saramago The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

“For where is the bee that can claim, this honey was made by me?” —ibid.

“One might speculate that a sense of participation in a friendly, supportive peer environment may require a partial suspension of one’s critical thinking skills.”Patrick Terenzini’s paper Influences Affecting the Development of Students’ Critical Thinking Skills quoted by Scott Alexander

“Rejection is one thing, but rejection from a fool is cruel” —Morrissey I Don’t Mind if You Forget Me

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